In the Wookieepedia, the midi-chlorian entry, under the heading Biology it states:

Midi-chlorians were intelligent microscopic life-forms that served as organelles within all living cells, existing in a symbiotic relationship with the beings they inhabited and comprising a collective consciousness amongst themselves.

I've seen this referenced elsewhere, but don't know where it came from in Star Wars canon. It seems to be quite important that midi-chlorians are intelligent, but there's nothing in the article or elsewhere that I've read or seen that shows there's any kind of intelligent behavior from midi-chlorians.

Is this just something that's been stated and not used, or are there instances in stories showing intelligent behavior or even something as exotic as communication between "regular" characters and midi-chlorians? If they're intelligent, couldn't they tell why someone was using the Force and refuse to act if it was something they didn't want to do?

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    They picked Hayden Christensen. If that's not a sign of lack of intelligence, I don't know what is. Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 21:38
  • They were smart enough to keep well out of the way in the sequel trilogy. Commented Jan 25, 2020 at 10:47
  • They were a mistake.........JarJar level mistake.....period. Commented Jan 25, 2020 at 17:42

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Qui-Gon claims that it was the midi-chlorians themselves, presumably acting intelligently, that made Shmi conceive Anakin in order to bring balance to the Force.

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    But Sith lore says that was the work of Darth Plagueis, who had learned to manipulate them to create life.
    – Tango
    Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 9:35
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    Which set in train the sequence of events which led to episodes I, II & III. Question is whether that demonstrated intelligence... :) Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 15:23

Since The Force is created by Midichlorians, and the Force sometimes guides Jedi, that means they posess (at least as a group) a certain level of intelligence.

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    It could also be like the flow of a river, that they're just tuned in to the Force and move with currents in it, like a floating starfish.
    – Tango
    Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 21:43
  • @TangoOversway - I distinctly recall the inferences of "intelligent guidance". But don't have any specific quotes in mind now. Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 21:44
  • I'd love it if you can find them. I think Lucas and EU writers may like the idea of the collective intelligence, but have just never figured out what they can do with it. (I'd like to see a story where someone communicates with midi-chlorians!)
    – Tango
    Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 21:46
  • @TangoOversway - It was more the old stuff... I'm tempted to say Yodayish from ESB Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 22:00

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